WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- The Wildlife Center of Virginia cut the ribbon on a new, half-million dollar bear enclosure Tuesday.
The enclosure it's the only one of its kind in Virginia.
Tuesday's opening comes as the USDA considers stronger regulatory protection for captive bears.
Ed Clark, the president and founder of the wildlife center, said these enclosures will be used only for getting the bears ready to release back into the wild, calling the facility "simulated wilderness."
"The bears that are confined in this facility will be in a forest environment. They will have trees to climb, bushes to munch on, bugs to eat, the food that they will eat would be the type of food they would eat in the wild, as close to it as we can get," said Clark
Clark said they hope to move their bears into the new facility in the next week or two.
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